Invitation: Money and Banks in the American Political System Book Launch

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The Program on America and the Global Economy Presents a Book Launch:

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Money and Banks in the American Political System

Thursday, March 14, 2013

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Featuring:

Katie Lavelle, Author, Ellen and Dixon Long Professor at Case Western Reserve University, and Wilson Center Fellow ‘08-‘09

Moderated by:

Kent Hughes, Director, Program on America and the Global Economy

About the author: Kathryn C. Lavelle is Ellen and Dixon Long Professor of World Affairs in the Department of Political Science at Case Western Reserve University. She is the author of Legislating International Organization: The US Congress, the IMF, and the World Bank (2011) and The Politics of Equity Finance in Emerging Markets (2004). She served as the William A. Steiger Fellow in the American Political Science Association’s congressional fellowship program, where she worked on the staff of the House Committee on Financial Services. Kathryn also served as a United States Studies Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center from 2008 until 2009.

About the book: “With the 2008 financial crisis still sending shockwaves through the US economy, debates over money are embedded in national politics and contemporary conceptions of the American dream. In Money and Banks in the American Political System, Kathryn C. Lavelle explores the complexity of the political institutions that surround finance, and traces the modern instability to the nexus between market innovation and regulation in a society that is wary of allowing business and state to interact and suspicious of any concentrated power in one political or economic institution.”

Please RSVP acceptances only to page@wilsoncenter.org

For a map and directions see: http://www.wilsoncenter.org/directions

Please bring photo ID and arrive 15 minutes ahead to allow time for the security checkpoint.

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Invitation: Waging War on Corruption Book Discussion

The Program on America and the Global Economy (PAGE)

Presents a Book Launch:

Waging War on Corruption

Inside the Movement Fighting the Abuse on Power

 

Featuring:  Author and Transparency International co-founder, Frank Vogl 

Comments by: Paulo Sotero, Director, Brazil Institute

Moderated by: Kent Hughes, Director, Program on America and the Global Economy

Monday, October 29, 2012   1:30-3:00 p.m.

6th Floor Board Room, Woodrow Wilson Center

RSVP (acceptances only) to page@wilsoncenter.org

Key topics from the book for this discussion:

·      Corruption and Justice

·      Western Security: Global Corruption (US relations with corrupt regimes; anti-money laundering; extractive industries and security; foreign aid; defense industry procurement).

Frank Vogl: former journalist (Reuters & The Times of London); former World Bank chief spokesman and Director of Information & Public Affairs; President of Vogl Communications, Inc (a strategic international economics policy and finance communications company); co-founder and former Vice Chairman of Transparency International; co-founder and current Vice Chairman of the Partnership for Transparency Fund; International Council member of the New Israel Fund; former Trustee of the Committee for Economic Development; former member of the Board of Directors of the Ethics Resource Center.

“Waging War on Corruption – Inside the Movement Fighting the Abuse of Power “ is about power. It is an insider’s account of extraordinary battles against the abuse of public office by politicians and officials for their personal gain. This is a global journey from the birth of pioneering anti-corruption organization Transparency International in 1993, to the Arab Spring in 2011, as courageous people in scores of countries challenge authority and fight for justice. At stake is nothing less than our global security, the reduction of poverty, the stability of our economic and financial systems, and the cause of freedom and democracy. Praise for the book, reviews, articles and interviews can be found at www.frankvogl.com

The Woodrow Wilson Center is located in the Ronald Reagan Building at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (Federal Triangle Metro stop on the Blue/Orange Line).For a map and directions see: http://www.wilsoncenter.org/directions

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An Invitation: Better Capitalism Book Discussion

You are invited to:

The Program on America and the Global Economy (PAGE)

Presents a Book Launch:

 

 

Better Capitalism

Renewing the Entrepreneurial Strength of the American Economy

 

Featuring:  Author, Robert E. Litan, Director of Research, Bloomberg Government, formerly the vice president for research and policy for the Kauffman Foundation and a past senior fellow at the Brookings Institution 

Moderated by: Kent Hughes, Director, Program on America and the Global Economy

 

Better Capitalism focuses on the huge – but often unrecognized – importance of entrepreneurship to overall economic growth.  The book explains how changes in seemingly unrelated policy arenas – immigration, education, finance, and federal support of university research – can accelerate America’s recovery from recession and spur the nation’s rate of growth in output while raising living standards.  The authors also outline an innovative energy strategy and discuss the potential benefits of government belt-tightening steps.  Sounding an optimistic note when gloomy predictions are the norm, Litan and Schramm show that with wise and informed policymaking, the American entrepreneurial engine can rally and the true potential of the U.S. economy can be unlocked.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012   9:00-10:30 a.m.

6th Floor Board Room, Woodrow Wilson Center 

RSVP (acceptances only) to page@wilsoncenter.org

 

The Woodrow Wilson Center is located in the Ronald Reagan Building at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (Federal Triangle Metro stop on the Blue/Orange Line).For a map and directions see: http://www.wilsoncenter.org/

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You Are Invited–Why the US is Not Destined to Decline: A Debate

Why the US is Not Destined to Decline: A Debate

Wed, May 2nd  – 4:00 to 5:30 pm

6th floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Sponsored by International Security Studies and the History and Public Policy Program

A book launch and reception

To argue against the widely proclaimed idea of American decline, as this book does, might seem a lonely task. After all, the problems are real and serious. Yet if we take a longer view, much of the discourse about decline appears exaggerated, hyperbolic, and ahistorical. Why? First, because of the deep underlying strengths of the United States. These include not only size, population, demography, and resources, but also the scale and importance of its economy and financial markets, its scientific research and technology, its competitiveness, its military power, and its attractiveness to talented immigrants. Second, there is the weight of history and of American exceptionalism. Throughout its history, the United States has repeatedly faced and eventually overcome daunting challenges and crises. Contrary to a prevailing pessimism, there is nothing inevitable about American decline. Flexibility, adaptability, and the capacity for course correction provide the United States with a unique resilience that has proved invaluable in the past and will do so in the future. Ultimately, the ability to avoid serious decline is less a question of material factors than of policy, leadership, and political will.

Author Robert J. Lieber will discuss his new book, Power and Willpower in the American Future: Why the US is Not Destined to Decline. He will be joined on the panel by Michael Mandelbaum.

Visit www.wilsoncenter.org/Directions for a map and directions to the Wilson Center.

If you wish to attend this event, please send RSVP to iss@wilsoncenter.org.

You are Invited: Book Launch–The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents

ImageThe Program on America and the Global Economy Presents a Book Discussion:

The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents

Thursday February 9, 2012

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Moynihan Boardroom, 6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

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Linda Killian, Author, Journalist, and Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center

Commentator: Kevin Merida, National Editor, The Washington Post

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  Forty percent of all American voters are Independents who occupy the ample political and ideological space in the center.  In The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents, author Linda Killian looks beyond the polls and the headlines and talks with the frustrated citizens who are raising the alarm about the acute bi-polarity, special interest-influence, and gridlock in Congress, asking why Obama’s postpartisan presidency is anything but, and demanding realism, honest negotiation, and a sense of responsibility from their elected officials.

Killian focuses on four key swing states and demographic groups that she predicts could determine the outcome of the 2012 election.  She paints a vivid portrait of the swing voters around the country and presents a new model that reveals who they are and what they want from their government and elected officials. She also offers a way forward, including solutions for fixing our broken political system.

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Book Launch: Manias, Panics, and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises

The following is an event summary from a book launch hosted at the Wilson Center on September 13.

The Program on America and the Global Economy (PAGE) of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars welcomed Robert Z. Aliber, Professor Emeritus of International Economics and Finance at the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago, on September 13, 2011 for a book launch of his newly released edition of ‘Manias, Panics, and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises.’  The book, in this case the sixth edition, was originally written by Charles P. Kindleberger with the first volume having been published in 1978.  While noting that this is “essentially Charlie’s book “ Aliber said the book provides a contemporary account of financial crises. Given recent economic history, the subject matter is rife for an updated account.  Kent Hughes, PAGE Director, moderated the event.

Aliber’s edition focuses on the most significant financial crises of the last 40 years.  It begins in 1982 when a number of developing countries defaulted.  It then proceeds to Russia’s default in the mid 1990’s, which immediately preceded the Asian financial crises, and then moves on to the current financial crisis, which Aliber termed the “Anglo-Saxon real estate crisis.”

He argued that these periods have a number of characteristics in common.  The first is that they were all preceded by a rapidly growing credit supply.  The second is that they were accompanied by a dramatic increase in real estate prices.  Thirdly, along with these crises came massive swings in currency values.  Lastly, during this period investment bankers “got filthy rich” as trading revenues soared. Read more of this post

You are Invited: The Educational Legacy of Woodrow Wilson

The Woodrow Wilson Center invites you to a Book Discussion:

The Educational Legacy of Woodrow Wilson: From College to Nation

Edited by: James Axtell, Kenan Professor of Humanities Emeritus, College of William & Mary

Moderated by: John Milton Cooper

Thursday, January 12, 2012 ~ 6th floor Joseph H. and Claire Flom Auditorium ~ 4:00–5:00 pm

In The Educational Legacy of Woodrow Wilson, James Axtell brings together essays by eight leading historians and one historically minded political scientist to examine the long, formative academic phase of Wilson’s career and its connection to his relatively brief tenure in politics.  Together, the essays provide a greatly revised picture of Wilson’s whole career and a deeply nuanced understanding of the evolution of his educational, political, and social philosophy and policies, the ordering of his values and priorities, and the seamless link between his academic and political lives.

Please RSVP in advance by sending an email to maria-stella.gatzoulis@wilsoncenter.org

Posted by: PAGE Staff